Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Next Big Thing

This one comes from my friend Kerry Fisher ( It's a sort of chain publicity thing for writers where we get to talk about our current work in progress. As some of you will know, this isn't something I do very often so - if you fancy a sneak peak at what should (cross everything) be coming your way next summer then check this out! What is the working title of your book? My next book is called ‘Summer Dreams’ and will be the third of the summer holiday series. Where did the idea come from for the book? I wanted to write about the wedding from hell for a while now. I also had an idea for one of the sub-plots whilst I was working as a matrimonial/divorce lawyer and I’d been itching to use that – the rest of it grew out of the characters. What genre does your book fall under? Romantic comedy. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I’d go for...Carey Mulligan for my heroine, and probably a slightly younger (and Scottish!) Paul Rudd for my hero. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? When family wedding from hell turns out to be the ideal opportunity to be reunited with the love of your life! Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? It will be published by Arrow Books in early summer next year – can’t wait! How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? First drafts always take me ages. The plan was for the first draft to be done within three months, when in actual fact it took more like 4. Who or What inspired you to write this book? The belief that weddings are all sweetness and light when in fact they can be the most stressful time of your life! What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Like all good family stories, there are a zillion secrets all waiting to tumble out, the gorgeous back-drop of a medieval Tuscan monastery (now a hotel) where the action is set, a half-Italian, half-Scottish hero – oh, and there’s a dog. I do rather like the dog... So that's me. Now, for next week, I'm handing over to three writers who I admire very much indeed: Phillipa Ashley at Sarah Jane Stratford at And Holly Stacey at Hope you enjoy the news of their upcoming work too!